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GeoHealth Tutorial

The new field of GeoHealth is attempting to bridge the divide between the health sciences and the geosciences by building research and communication connections between these fields, demystifying the often disparate ways that these fields develop research infrastructure, sample their “subjects,” store and analyze data, and finally communicate their research findings to the greater public.

Gabriel Filipelli, Director of the Center for Urban Health at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis gave this tutorial on integrating public health and well-being into the geosciences during the American Geophysical Union Fall 2018 meeting. This tutorial attempts to demystify some of the human health terminology and data structures and discuss several ways that researchers are working across the GeoHealth divide, including utilizing satellite and drone-based platforms to understand and reduce disease transmission, working with communities and citizen scientists to co-discover pollution exposure risks, and utilizing climate change and future climate models to downscale environmental health risk maps for municipal policy-makers.